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Congressman Sensensbrenner to host town hall meeting

March 26, 2014 2:08 p.m. |  Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner announced that he will be hosting a town hall meeting on Sunday, March 30, at the Oconomowoc City Hall.

The congressman will meet with constituents from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the second floor of City Hall, 174 E. Wisconsin Ave. 

Sensenbrenner represents the 5th Congressional District, which includes parts of Waukesha, Milwaukee and Dodge counties, and all of Washington and Jefferson counties. He has held the seat since 1978. 

Enrollment varies across Arrowhead feeder districts

June 29, 2015 4:31 p.m. | One of the K-8 feeder districts to Arrowhead High School will be exploring the option of consolidating with another district as a way to cut costs, but it's not immediately clear if it will have any takers.

Facing falling revenues because of declining enrollment and decreased state aid, the Hartland-Lakeside School Board voted June 22 to explore the feasibility of several cost-saving options, including closing one of its two elementary buildings or merging with another district.

Enrollment at Hartland-Lakeside has dropped 15 percent over the past five years — from 1,365 students in 2010-2011 to 1,159 in 2014-2015, according to figures from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

The gap widens if you look back further and include projections for the coming year; Hartland-Lakeside had about 1,400 students in 2006 and is projecting to be around 1,100 in 2015-2016, according to information from the district.

Hartland-Lakeside Superintendent Glenn Schilling said the latest revenue projections indicate the district will face "extensive deficits" in 2016-17, which will increase "drastically" the following two years. To maintain the district's financial obligations, Schilling said it will be necessary to reduce staff, increase class sizes, reduce supportive services and limit professional development and technology resources.

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Big Bend man charged with murder being extradited to Missouri

June 29, 2015 4:03 p.m. | An extradition warrant has been executed at a June 29 hearing for Nicholas P. Godejohn, the man charged with murdering his girlfriend's mother in Missouri a couple weeks ago.

Godejohn, a Big Bend resident, waved extradition (agreed to go with Missouri officials) an the hearing, and the papers were filed, according to online court documents.

The court has revoked bail and the defendant will be held in the Waukesha County Jail until Missouri officials pick him up.

Godejohn, 26, and his girlfriend, Gypsy Blancharde, 23, of Springfield, Missouri, have been charged with the murder of Blancharde's mother, Clauddinnea "Dee Dee" Blancharde.

Police found Clauddinnea dead in her bed with multiple stab wounds after following up a tip about Facebook posts alluding to the murder, according to a criminal complaint. The complaint states the posts were tracked to Godejohn's address where the pair were apprehended.

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Tickets on sale now for Festival Week boat tours

June 29, 2015 3:16 p.m. |  Shorehaven takes the reins for the Oconomowoc Historic Boat Tours on Lac La Belle August 10 - 14 during Oconomowoc’s famous Festival Week. Celebrate Oconomowoc's gilded legacy with tours running 60 - 90 minutes at 1 and 6 p.m. and tickets must be purchased in advance.  

Tickets are $15 per person.  Checks payable to Shorehaven, mail to Shorehaven, attn: Boat Tour, PO Box 208, Oconomowoc WI 53066. Include date, tour time, address and phone number with your check.

Tickets will be mailed out on receipt of payment.  All riders must be ticketed. No phone reservations accepted.  No refunds. Boats travel rain or shine. Call Amanda Johnson at  (262)  567-8341 or email ajohnson@lho.org with questions. 

Boats launch from the dock behind the Center for Life Enrichment at 1306 W. Wisconsin Ave. on the shores of Lac La Belle. Ample parking is available. Purchase early, tickets do sell out.

Judge: Former Lisbon Clerk Kraus owes town more than $26,000

June 29, 2015 3:08 p.m. | The court saga of former Town of Lisbon Administrator/Clerk Elizabeth Kraus is over.

At a restitution hearing Monday, June 29, Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Aprahamian ruled that Kraus — who has served a little more than a month of her yearlong jail term — owes the town of Lisbon $32,095.22 in restitution.

Kraus was sentenced late last month to five years' probation and 12 months in jail after she pleaded no contest to one count of credit card fraud. She was accused in January of defrauding the town of Lisbon of thousands of dollars, which she used to buy herself electronics, clothes and a dog.

Defense and prosecuting attorneys had not agreed on a restitution amount by the May 22 sentencing hearing. Aprahamian at that time ordered Kraus to pay a then-undetermined amount in restitution, but amended the judgment of conviction on June 29 to reflect the newly agreed upon figure.

Kraus's attorney, Marcus Sengstock, said his client had already paid $6,000 of restitution. She still owes Lisbon — the sole restitution claimant — $26,095.22.

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Mukwonago Baptist Church brings mountains of fun with vacation bible school

June 29, 2015 2:58 p.m. |  Mukwonago Baptist Church, 1610 Honeywell Road, Mukwonago, announces its free, fun-filled week of vacation bible school from July 6 through 10. The year's theme is "Mountain Top Adventure: Expedition of a Lifetime."

Children 4 years through eighth grade are invited to attend the Bible school, which includes Bible lessons, skits, games, dramatic missionary stories, refreshments, and fun. Each day begins at 9:15 a.m. and end at noon. The weekends with a Friday evening family fun fair, refreshments and a program in which parents can experience the fun of the week. 

Mom are invited to the daily morning Mornings for Moms programs that includes great fellowship, enjoyable crafts, and practical workshops and Bible studies in a comfortable home-style setting. Nursery facilities are available for children during this time.

Dads are welcome to join the fun on Friday, July 10 for Dad's Day to enjoy refreshments, activities, and bible studies.

For questions or requests for free transportation, call the church at (262) 363-4197 or visit the website.

Lodi woman dies in weekend crash in Summit

June 29, 2015 7:13 a.m. |  A 20-year-old Lodi woman died after the vehicle she was a passenger in crashed Saturday on I-94 near Golden Lake Road in the village of Summit. 

The 22-year-old Milwaukee man who was driving was taken to the hospital for his injuries.

According to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, at about 7:27 p.m. Saturday, June 27, the vehicle was westbound on I-94 when it lost control, crossed the median and the eastbound lanes, and stopped in the ditch after rolling over.

Both the driver and passenger were ejected from the vehicle. The woman died of her injuries at the scene, according to the sheriff's department. 

The right lane on eastbound I-94 was shut down for several hours as a result of the crash, which remains under investigation by the sheriff's department.

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Kettle Moraine State Forest dam fails

June 26, 2015 3:18 p.m. | Eagle —A dam in the Kettle Moraine State Forest failed earlier this week, draining the trout pond at Paradise Springs in the Southern Unit, according to a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources June 26.

The release continues, stating water has now undermined the dam's water control structure and is flowing under it and through the outlet.

The release states the dam was inspected earlier this week by DNR safety staff and they determined the pond can't be refilled without significant repairs or replacement of the structure.

Repairs were deemed costly by an engineer who inspected the dam saying "the concrete in the structure was so deteriorated that any repairs would be temporary," according to the release. It further states complete replacement of the dam could be $300,000 or more.

The DNR said in the release it is continuing to evaluate options for repair, replacement, or abandonment of the dam that was built in the 1900s.

Celebrate Lake Country's waterways

June 26, 2015 3:00 p.m. |  We all take clean water for granted. We turn the tap and out flows pure, drinkable water.

Celebrate the liquid treasures  that surround us and plan on attending the 2015 Lake Country Clean Water Festival this weekend at Pewaukee’s lakefront. It is part of Pewaukee’s Beach Party, which includes food, music and family activities as well as a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

The Lake Country Clean Water Festival is an annual festival hosted by the Pewaukee Lake Water Ski Club and the Clean Water Association that highlights the importance of preserving the Lake Country waterways. The festival features water quality education; clean-up volunteer opportunities; water-related recreational activities such as pontoon rides, a water ski show and a paddle sports demonstration.

If you like blues, don’t miss Kuhtz’s Third Annual Blues Fest. The two-day festival is from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, and noon to 2 a.m. Saturday. Kuhtz’ General Store is located at W335 N6939 Stone Bank Road, Oconomowoc.

Wisconsin’s musical ambassadors, the Kids from Wisconsin, will perform at 7:30 p.m.  Saturday at Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc. The troupe consists of 20 singer/dancers and a 13-piece show band.  Tickets are $10-$20. Tickets may be purchased online at www.theoac.net. Call (262) 560-2130 for information.

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Walk through inflatable heart exhibit at D.N.Greenwald Center

June 26, 2015 8:00 a.m. | MEGA heart, the world's only portable, inflatable, walk-through heart exhibit will be at the ProHealth Care Mukwonago emergency department open house from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 27 at the D.N. Greenwald Center.

The exhibit stands 12-feet high and 21-feet long, and offers visitors an opportunity to step inside the human heart, learn about cardiovascular function and observe examples of various types of heart disease. 

Visitors can tour the new emergency department, meet the local emergency care team, participate in screenings and interactive displays. 

East Troy Community Band hosts polka band for June 25 summer concert

June 25, 2015 4:23 p.m. | The East Troy Community Band continues its free Thursday Nights on the Square summer concert series by hosting The Variations Polka Band at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 25 on the East Troy Historic Village Square.

Attendees should bring their own lawn chairs.

For more information, visit www.etband.com.

Mukwonago dance company wins 'Top Studio' award

June 25, 2015 2:58 p.m. | Accent on Dance, a competitive dance company in Mukwonago, was awarded "Top Studio" at the Thunderstruck Green Bay dance competition on May 1 through 3 at UW-Green Bay, receiving the highest overall points out of 24 studios.

Accent on Dance members competed in 38 unique routines, each receiving a scoring from 0 to 300 points. Each competing studios's top four group scores as well as highest scoring solo and duet were combined for a total score.

"It was an honor for the dancers, choreographers and studio director," said Mara Perugini, Accent on Dance owner/artistic director.

More than 250 students, ages 3 to 18, are enrolled at the studio, which opened in 2010. Sixty-five members, ages 7 to 18, are competitive dancers, training three to eight hours a week.

"A dance competition is the way a certain set of judges view a certain set of dancers on a certain day, May 3, 2015 was our day," Perugini added. "It was great recognition for all the dancers and the teachers of Accent on Dance, Mukwonago. We have worked hard for five years to build a competitive grouping with great technique and an even greater passion for the art of dance. I feel honored each day to be able to inspire these young dancers to live fully through the art of dance and chase their dreams."

Short-term closures coming near Highway 67 in Oconomowoc

June 25, 2015 2:34 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - The Wisconsin Department of Transportation announced Thursday, June 25 that there will be some short-term closures coming on a couple side roads adjacent to Highway 67, also called Summit Ave.

According to a news release, construction crews are planning to install some storm sewer crossings at two roads adjacent to Highway 67, which account for the closures. 

Both closures -- one on Pabst Road and the other on Regent Road -- will occur about 200 feet west of Highway 67, which will remain open during the installations, the release said.

Closure times and detours as outlined in the release are:

Pabst Road (west of Highway 67):

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Trustee candidates named in Sussex

June 25, 2015 2:22 p.m. |  Sussex - Village officials have released the names of five candidates, so far, seeking  village board appointments to fill two vacancies on the board created by the recent resignations of former trustees Matthew Cmeyla and Matthew Petricca.

The candidates include Matthew Carran, director of community development for the Village of Menomonee Falls, who is a 13 year resident of Sussex.

Also, Robert Fourness, a member of the village park board, and Michael P. Jakus, former City of Broofield Alderman, Common Council President, and Plan Commission member.

Two firefighters, John J. Schneider and Boyd E. Thew have also applied.

Thew was active with a citizens group that opposed some aspects of the village plan to build a new village hall/civic center and he was defeated in a campaign for village trustee in April.

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Your reactions to Governor Scott Walker signing legislation that expands gun rights

June 25, 2015 11:00 a.m. | Send us your reactions to Gov. Scott Walker signing two senate bills that will expand gun rights in Wisconsin.

Senate bill 35 eliminates the 48-hour waiting period for those looking to purchase a firearm. Senate bill 70 will allow off-duty or retired police officers to carry concealed weapons at public schools.

Send your comments to Patrick.Thomas@jmg.com. Your comments could be used in a story for the Lake Country Reporter.

Annual Kettle Moraine Days is June 26-28 in Eagle

June 25, 2015 10:00 a.m. | The 53rd annual Kettle Moraine Days is being held this year June 26-28 at Eagle Village Park with many activities planned for attendees.

Carnival rides will be available with advance ride tickets available at local businesses in Eagle. Food and other refreshments will be provided by Eagle United Methodist Church, St. Theresa Catholic Church, Eagle Lioness, American Legion Auxiliary, Kettle Moraine Riders, Eagle Elementary PTO, Eagle Park & Rec., Palmyra/Eagle Cheer & Dance Team and others. There will also be a softball tournament held at the event.

Co-Chairman Dave Rockteacher of the Eagle Fire Department has been involved with Kettle Moraine Days for more than 40 years.

The event was started by the American Legion who eventually asked the local fire department to help when the event grew larger. In later years the Lions Club was asked to co-sponsor as well.

"The Kettle Moraine Days is unique because it's not only a fundraiser for the three main sponsors (American Legion, Eagle Fire Department and Lions Club) but it's also that for local vendors," Rockteacher said. "It's a lot of work but very rewarding because it's a family-oriented fundraiser."

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